The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer is an advanced treadmill that features a 7" backlit display, 40% incline and -3% decline cushioned deck. This big stepper lets you get a cardio-blasting workout to burn off excess calories at a faster rate.
The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer has a high-resolution display that shows your workout graphically as well as tracks your speed, time, distance, pulse, and calories burned. You can access iFit technology via your phone or tablet for entertaining workouts through interesting landscapes.
The specs on the NordicTrack X7i include:
UPDATE: As of 2017 it looks like the X7i might no longer be available for sale. The X9i is now the base model, along with the X11i and the all new X22i.
The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer has a 2.75 CHP motor, which is adequate for an incline trainer but just barely. Fortunately, it is covered by a lifetime motor warranty should anything go wrong, although the in-home labor warranty is only for a year. Other components include the 2.5" precision-machined rollers, and a composite construction deck with shock absorbing Reflex™ Cushioning.
Of the four incline trainers currently offered by NordicTrack, the X7i is the least expensive. It is also the only one without a web-enabled touchscreen. For that you'll have to upgrade to at least the X9i Incline Trainer which offers a 7" display with internet capability.
These incline trainers have been used by obese contestants on The Biggest Loser under the direction of pro trainer Jillian Michaels, which is a big endorsement as to their effectiveness for strengthening the cardiovascular system, increasing endurance, and burning fat. Many new owners of the NordicTrack X7i have noted in their reviews that they bought it because the iFit capability.
The technology allows the user to hike simulated terrain in such exotic locations as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park, the Diamond Head Trail in Hawaii, anywhere you want to go via Google map integration. The treadmill automatically adjusts the incline to match the terrain.
If you want a more powerful machine, take a look at the X11i model, which has a 4.25 CHP motor and a 10" touch screen. Or to take it to the next level, consider the new X15i top of the line model, which adds a 15" HDTV to the mix. However if you already have a TV in your gym area, this is not a necessity.
Incline trainers are meant for walkers who like steep uphill courses; runners and walkers who prefer a flat workout are advised to buy a traditional treadmill for the same price. Yet, we don’t want to seem overly critical of the NordicTrack X7i in terms of what this machine delivers; it is a physical and demanding workout.
The noise level and cushioning are great, and the power output of both the motor and incline motor can handle the incredible stress of a steep incline at low speeds.
They've also stepped up their warranties too which goes to show you that they are putting a lot more into their construction than they used to. The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer at under $1600 is a really great deal for a great machine.